The Creeker - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by asabreed:
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I was going to originally go with the Box of Hops, but I got the growler fill up instead at Finger Lakes Beverage Center instead.
Appearance: Deceptively light-looking, with the golden straw color dominating, backed by a bit of light copper or orange. Bright white head that gets going fast but fades fairly quickly , though it gravitates above the body of the brew nicely, and leaves some good droplets and minor sheets of lacing around the glass.
Smell: An awesome floral and citrus melange, with a lot of nuance going on also. I love the tropical flavors coming through, with some pineapple and mango, and of course some citrus, with less of a grapefruit aroma, and more of some lemon and orange juice concentrate going on. There's some good pine resin and grapefruit zest also, which I differentiate a bit from the actual peeled fruit. One of the better aromas from a DIPA I've had the pleasure to get a sense of in a while overall. Balanced and complex and nuanced all in one.
Taste: Though to be this beer is pretty balanced, the back end provides more depth with bitterness than it does with malt balance, and because of that, this is the hop head's brew. Not a lot of candied fruit or malt finish to it, which I like, since some of that lead to cloying or overly honey-flavored or residual sugars not going away. Again, this is balanced, and the candied fruit and malt characteristics are certainly there in the long finish, but the hop resins and citrus and tropical fruit dominate, with tons of flavors happening as it warms. Everything is there in the aroma, rollicking around in different ways, and you even get some husk and earthiness that I like a lot also. This is a monster at 9%, but it's extremely well done with every characteristic.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but nothing more, which again surprises me, since I don't think it's anywhere close to easy to get a big this huge with flavor that doesn't seem either cloying or heavy-bodied or both, and it succeeds in spades.
Drinkability: One of my favorite DIPAs I've had in a long, long time. Need to get the Box of Hops to try the others -- aside from Flower Power, which I already love, and I imagine others who do will also be a fan of The Creeker -- but I don't see anything else in there being better than this. Seek it out if you're a DIPA fan. Very impressed, and if I can go back for more, I'll be stocking up on this for a while.
Serving type: growler
10-20-2013 17:09:16 | More by asabreed
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4.04/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a standard pint glass: color is gold/copper, opaque, dense looking, head is bright white, large bubbles, dissipates to a ring and spots with some lacing on the glass.
Smell is a big hop blast: mostly citrus, grapefruit prominent, some lighter earthy and pine notes; malt is light, maybe some toast and pale malt.
Taste is big hop forward flavor, more muddled mix of citrus, earth, pine notes; hops are bitter and floral concurrently, with some pleasant tasting as it warms; malt is background, some sweetness, some toast and biscuit. Hop/malt flavor hides stronger abv.
Mouthfeel is pretty balanced for this ale, good bitterness and malt sweetness; abv is not detracting.
Overall, a very solid dipa, nice abundant aroma, good flavor, good strength and good mouthfeel.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2014 02:18:35 | More by mvanaskie13
The Creeker from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.